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Chase for Wallace begins in Indianapolis

The Indianapolis Combine begins today. General Manager Jeff Ireland will speak to the media Thursday per the schedule. And so let me tell you what's about to happen:

As I reported Feb. 12 the Dolphins will get about the business of talking to Mike Wallace and Greg Jennings. As Indianapolis is the site where team personnel and agents gather, I expect the Dolphins will touch base with the representatives for both players in the coming days.

That doesn't mean the Dolphins will sign both players. It doesn't mean they'll sign either because, well, stuff happens. As I said, they'll work it with both. But it means they have a plan and both players are part of that plan. The plan has Wallace as the priority but also includes Jennings -- perhaps as a fallback position, perhaps in addition to Wallace.

It is not possible to know exactly what Ireland has in mind with Wallace and Jennings because he doesn't share that with anyone in the media. But it is certain the Dolphins will chase Wallace first. He is the priority. Then Jennings will come soon afterward.

And that brings us to this:

The story is not whether the Dolphins want or are interested in or will speak with top target Mike Wallace or his agent.

The story is whether the Dolphins can actually land Mike Wallace.

Wallace, you see, is the second biggest free agent name this Dolphins administration has chased. The biggest was last year and his name is Peyton Manning. But as the Dolphins haven't exactly been nails landing the guys they want, it is fair to wonder if they can be successful this time.

(A note here: If you're thinking back to last year and say the Dolphins chased and failed to land quarterbacks Matt Flynn or Alex Smith, I reject that idea. The team placed no "must-have" priority on either of those players. The contract offered to Flynn was only borderline starter money, more than suggesting Miami could take or leave Flynn. So Flynn took the more sure thing in Seattle. As for Smith, I'm not even sure the Dolphins offered him a contract and if they did, it definitely was not for the $8 million per year he was seeking. So again, the team wasn't all in on getting Smith. I don't see that as failures of any sort. Indeed, hindsight has shown Ireland was wise to steer clear of both.)

Now, the Dolphins did fail on Manning. They not only didn't land the biggest free agent they'e ever chased, they even failed to be among his finalists. Yes, the club managed a meeting with Manning but if you remember they had to fly to see him. Manning, meanwhile, went to Denver and other places he was truly interested in to speak with those teams. The Dolphins were in the hunt, but they were the hound way back in the pack gasping for breath and watching the lead dogs tree the game and get the big pat on the head.

(Where the heck did I come up with that analogy?)

Miami has also failed in other free agent attempts, to be sure, but one that should worry is the failed effort to land Ryan Clark. You remember Clark? He came to South Florida via Pittsburgh, apparently ready to sign a deal that would take him away from the Steelers.

He never signed. He returned to Pittsburgh.

Clark's story is that the Dolphins offended him. They told him how he was flawed and not worth a ton of money and made him feel unwanted, etc ...

The Dolphins have a different version but that version does not matter now.

The Clark version matters because he is Mike Wallace's teammate in Pittsburgh and if the wide receiver asks, that's the version he's going to hear. Facts be damned, Wallace will likely hear the Dolphins painted in a negative light. And so Miami could be swimming against that tide to convince Wallace this is the team for him.

There's also this little matter of competition. I seriously doubt the Dolphins will be the only team chasing Mike Wallace. Although his asking price will likely start around $11-$12 million, as I first reported on January 25, Wallace is likely to have other suitors.

His agent's job the next week will be to drum up interest in his client so that Wallace can have teams bid against each other. I have no idea what teams will target Wallace aside from the Dolphins. The Dolphins are projected to have the third-most salary cap space in the NFL when the league year opens March 12.

So they can afford Wallace.

But there have been rumors Cleveland and even Cincinnati might also have interest. And they happen to be the two teams with more cap space than Miami.

It must be said the Dolphins have not been inept at landing their man. In 2010, Karlos Dansby was considered the prize defensive player in free agency and the Dolphins got him straight away.

They got Jason Taylor away from the New York Jets in 2011.

(Yes, they lost Calvin Pace to the Jets in 2008 but thank God!)

So there have been hits and misses once the Dolphins have identified their targets. They identifed Wallace weeks ago.

The chase begins now.

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agree Artie....it's next to impossible to become a GM in this league.

Ireland grew up in the NFL under one of the most successful figures in the NFL.

Plenty of mistakes but also several successes.

Winning is on the GM but it's also on coaching and players

Oscar is extremely drunk right now. I hope he doesn't crash face-first onto his keyboard or his next post might look like..

I am neither, Cabo.

BILLIE BOY and your numerous names.


It would be nice if at least once a month you could actually be humorous or clever, but you are always so so boring.

Maybe I am too prude?

So I met this gal, eager from the get go. I needed it badly. Well even on the very first night she licked my bunga hole rather crazily. It caught me off guard. It got me thinking about what she has done and with who and and and...

But geez she is a blast...I'm just afraid to trust her too much....but now I can't let go...

I sort of knew about it, Artie. Thankyou. I just needed to hear it from somebody else.

Yeah, I knew this guy in RD, that somebody rimmed his copper penny and he lost control and started scratching the walls. He realized it and told us, nevermore.

Kirk,
this isn't penthouse a$#hole, it's a football blog.

We have no beef with nobody from the Past unless they are affecting our Present...and our Future.

Sinatra jr, you need to learn how to sing AND get laid. Sorry things are so lame for you.

to Mika-Donna Wallace!

nobody cares about ur wh@#es. my sex life is stable. life is great for me and I don't need to post my sexual experiences to help my self esteem, I'm great there too.

nobody cares about your ho's. My life is great, not lame.
It's sad that u have to tell about ur sexual experiences to compensate for ur inadequacy.

So what irks you bro? Tell us. Guys talk about girls, ya know?

I see, my girl you say is a ho...and your girl is a? You'd be surprised what they do...

surely u have real friends to brag to about ur conquests, but c'mon man this is where u talk about football. just trying to say.

Wallace would want triple to join the lowly Fins.

Please NO to Jennings-remember Jake Grove? Justin Smiley? Expensive and chronically injured. As for Wallace, hope we get him but anyone OTHER THAN the damn Patriots!

Didn't you brag about yours! Haha...dude what struck your nerve?

Anyway...

I think we are better drafting some WRs. I don't think any of these FA WRs are going to vastly improve our team, and probably more important, our record. We probably lose Bush this year and the other RBs aren't ready to fill that gap. I say play the new guys, hope for the best, and work the draft.

oscars sex life ended many moons ago.....

I have mor respect for my wife than to post about r sex to complete strangers.I have a different ethic's than u.
anyway..... back to football.

Sinatra,

Don't be surprised if your wife is taking it up the rear in a van in the parking lot on her lunch hour! They fool around too!

If we're going to be successful at the WCO we'll need a better and more accurate QB. I hope they make a serious offer to Joe Flacco.

Yeah, I've heard how the ladies are just lining up (panting with anticipation) for a crack at one of you guys.

I mean, who could resist the lure of unsuccessful, paunchy drunks with a childlike obsession with a stupid game?

What a catch!

I mean, who could resist the lure of unsuccessful, paunchy drunks with a childlike obsession with a stupid game?

What a catch!

Posted by: lol | February 20, 2013 at 11:18 PM

Psychology 101 would say you are describing yourself.

lol the only teeny tiny nerve you hit was down there. LOL

The highly accurate Tannehill will start next year.
U must be plum dumb to think Flacco will win a Super Bowl with the Ravens then sign with the Dolphins.
Brady also missed a few throws that game...
Mike Wallace=Ted Ginn Jr. Same routes, same drops...

ZOE is right. No player is going to go from the Super Bowl Champs to the Dullfins.

Sort of impressed with Bowe 39 td's 5 years what woud he have done with Rothlesburger or Rogers.
I bleed orange Cordelle Patterson is a phenom, does it all, draft him, and get the Norte Dame TE then bring Hartline back.

The main concern when acquiring football players is can they excel at playing football. I like to watch the combine, but when it comes down to it; playing football is the only judge of a football player. If we are going to have quality talent, we need to have a plan for what we want to do, and an accurate perception of the players that can perform.
I hope Ireland can get the talent that Philbin needs. The draft is contorting daily. Guys are moving up and down the board constantly. Some of the guys I liked are moving up some perspectives and I have reconsiderd other prospects.
This draft will be 'dog eat dog'.

I still think Paterson is the the best play making talent in this draft. If he is there at twelve and we don't take him, or get him later, I will be very critical of that decision by our boy Ireland.

OKAY NOW ALL MY SCREAMING FOR MIKE WALLACE IS STARTING TO TAKE SHAPE! WHAT'S NEEDED NOW IS THE PEYTON MANNNING TREATMENT WITH A TWIST! THE DOLPHINS SHOULD AGRESSIVELY TREAT WALLACE LIKE HE IS THERE TOP PRIORITY BY SHOWING HIM THE TOWN,GETTING LOCAL CELEBS TO JOIN IN AND WELCOMING HIM TO THE DOLPHINS(LEBRON/WADE)AND ALSO THE S BEACH AREA. THERE IS NOT A YOUNG 26 YEAR OLD MILLIONARE IN THE COUNTRY WHO HASN'T EITHER BEEN TO OR WOULD LOVE TO COME TO S BEACH. ALL NFL PLAYERS DO AND IF THE DOLPHINS WERE WINNING GETTING GOOD YOUNG PLAYER TO PLAY HERE WOULD NOT BE A PROBLEM. F..K RYAN CLARK! HE WAS OKAY BUT HE HAS NEVER BEEN AS GOOD AS HE THINKS HE IS AND THE GREAT PITTSBURGH D COVERED HIS FLAWS. WITH WALLACE NOTHING CAN COVER HIS SPEED AND PLAY MAKING ABILITY. WHY GO TO CLEVELAND/CINCY UNLESS YOU WANT TO STICK IT TO THE STEELERS TWICE A YEAR. PLAYERS HATE PLAYING IN THE COLD AND AFTER HE GETS HIS PAYDAY DO YOU THINK HE WANTS TO GET BEAT UP EVERY OCTOBER-DECEMBER ? NO. SO NOW ALL THE DOLPHINS NEED TO DO IS TO CONVINCE HIM WHY S FLA IS PERFECT FOR HIM AND DO NOT LOW BALL HIM! YOU ONLY HAVE CLEV/CINCY WHO CAN OUT BID YOU BUT NEITHER CITY CAN TOUCH MIAMI. REMEMBER HE STILL HAS TO LIVE IN THE CITY HE PLAYS FOR 70% OF THE TIME. LAST BUT NOT LEAST AS FAR AS FRANK KNOWING WHAT KIND OF BLACK GUY A BLACK GUY MAYBE!! I'M ONE WHO WILL KICK YOUR...! AND I LOVE ART AND HATE F..KIN CHINA!

T.K, you are right on.NICE.AS for long,Why would he let his lady say that????Ya its a free country but we are talkin big $$$$$$$$$$$$ here and he has health problems.I say if he is that crazy and has not made enough money now.....let him go.Can't stroke ego's anymore and it's all about the guy's that buy in and want to play.

In a negotiation, never let on what you really feel; otherwise, you will be pounced upon for your act.

It seems I'm going to be wrong on the Mike Wallace thing. I'm glad.

Well, you should be awake by now, pal. Rise and shine, rise and shine!

Oscar,

What is your take on our interest in Wallace?

I think it's smoke and mirrors. Why pay 12mill for a one trick pony when you can get both Hartline and Jennings together for close to the same amount?

Let's not be naive now folks.

If the word is out in the local papers that Miami's #1 target is Mike Wallace....well then you can be sure that it is not. It is only what they want everyone else to think, for strategic purposes.

We know they need help at WR, so to reduce the competition for who they do want....they hope one of their competitors will make the crazy over to Wallace and strangle their cash flow at the same time.

We can end all the debate if we just sign them both. They would compliment each other very well. It's not likely but anything is possible. Would like to know who else the team is targeting. An OT? TE? DE?

Is there any more certain clue that Mike Wallace is not coming to Miami than multiple reports from team sources that he'll be the #1 target in FA? HA! It's a gambit. The search for Miami's free agent WR will go on- with Hartline's contract extension as bait. Who's the fish? -Greg Jennings.

Understand, they need some leverage for a Jennings signing. These contracts cover a multitude of factors- not just cash. With the media and fan focus on Wallace; with Hartline's contract still in the mix, Jeff has some of the leverage he needs to reel Jennings in. Remember, Jennings is still a risk for a FA pickup but with the right contract, Ireland can safeguard the Dolphins.

Philbin has said repeatedly he likes to get players from the draft so that he can mold them in his image. They become "his guys." With a Jennings signing, he gets one of his guys from the mold. It's a high-performance, high-character guy from Green Bay, to help teach the GB way to all the young Dolphins. If they miss on Jennings- for whatever reason- they'll then give Hartline their best effort.

Hartline isn't going anywhere. They are trying to build a team. You don't do that by taking away the receiver that has the most chemistry with your young QB.

dad, the team has to sign a TE in FA. Fasano may want too much- he made about $4.7 last year- and I think the team can do better with a new guy in FA. Otherwise, they're left with Clay, Egnew and etc. TEs in the draft look just a bit better than the 2nd coming of Egnew.

You draft a receiver at #4.

After a few years he starts developing and has his best season.

So then what do you do?

Cut him?

I think not.

You don't build a team by cutting every player that isn't a super star.

I hope they get a TE signed in FA. The FA signings are going to dictate what has to happen in the draft. I'm kind of hoping they don't resign Fasano just because I don't believe he is any longer a seam threat. While they have put him in that role that's not what he does well and who is going to pay 5 mil for a blocking TE?

IF WE GO INTO NEXT SEASON WITH WALLACE HARTLINE AND BESS WE WILL NOT ONLY NOT MAKE THE PLAYOFFS BUT WILL BE PICKING IN THE TOP 5 NEXT YEAR.

HARTLINE AND BESS SSSSSUUUUCCCCKKKKSSSSS.

GET WALLACE AND JENNINGS.

HARTLINE WANTS 6 MILLION GIVE ANOTHER 2 FOR JENNINGS.

WEAPONS PEOPLE THE KEY WORD IS WEAPONS.

OR SHOULD I SAY PLAYMAKERS.

HARTLINE HAD ONE GOOD PLAY.

THAT 80 YARD TD WHICH WAS A BROKEN PLAY FOR THE D.

AND HE STILL ALMOST GOT CAUGHT.

IF WE ARE LOOKING TO TRY FOR THE SUPERBOWL?

HARTLINE AND BESS WILL NOT DO.

IF WE ARE LOOKING TO BUILD TANNY UP?

HARTLINE AND BESS WILL NOT DO.

TANNY WASN't OVER THROWING THESE GUYS HE JUST WAS USE TO THROWING TO MORE FASTER AND TALENTED WRs.

AGAIN EVEN WITH WALLACE WE NEED MORE SO IM GOOD WITH JENNINGS OR DRAFTING PATTERSON OR ALLEN THEN ADD AUSTIN, HOPKINS, HUNTER, RODGERS, PATTON, OR SOMEBODY ELSE.

EVERY PLAYER I SAID IS OR WILL BE BETTER THAN HARTLINE AND BESS.

LOL

THE WAY YOU ALL SCREAM FOR IRLAND's HEAD NEED TO DO THE SAME FOR THE BOY BLUNDER.

Biz, your argument is not faulty but consider that the Dolphins really NEED WR help. Over the next 2 years of FA and the draft, they will try to get it. The last thing they want is an overpaid Hartline that can't get on the field, has limited trade value and is only in the 2nd year of his contract. I like Hartline but he's destined for non-starter status and not a guy I'd pay big to keep on my team .

BIZ:

HE SUCKS.

IT's NOT ABOUT BEING A SUPER STAR HE SUCKS.

HE HAS THE MOST CHEMISTRY AMONG THE WORST WRs ASSEMBLED IN NFL HISTORY.

WHO CARES THEIR JOB IS TO GET IT.

THERE's WAY MORE CHEMISTRY NEEDED ON THE O- LINE THAN A WR CATCHING THE BALL.

YOU NEED IT IN BOTH BUT ANY WR IN THE NFL SHOULD BE ABLE TO RUN PASSING PATTERNS.

EVERY WR IN THE NFL SHOULD BE ABLE TO CATCH A FOOTBALL.

BUT HARTLINE ANS BESS PROVES THAT EVERY WR IN THE NFL CAN't MAKE A CB MISS AND RUN A 4.3 TO A TD.

YES HARTLINE AND BESS MUST GO.

I'm hopeful. BUT..Don't expect outrage or the chicken little routine from me. It's not a make or break move as quite a few will suggest. I believe Wallace signs with another team. It has nothing to do with Ireland or the team. I just have this suspicious nature and don't believe we know the intentions of other teams looking for WR's and who knows what Wallace is looking for in a team. Like I've said FA's pick their teams not the other way around.

billcale,
Good point on the Jennings character factor. As far as people talking about smoke screens and postering, sometimes things are what they seem to be.
The Dolphins weren't postering last year when they said Manning was their target. He just chose to go elsewhere. Alex Smith and Matt Flynn were problaby postering or maybe bargain hunting.
They need to land one of these FA WR's this year. Bess, Matthews, Binns, and Moore are the only recievers we have under contract.

DASHI:

I AGREE 100% WITH YOUR POST YESTERDAY.

WALLACE PATTERSON ON THE OUT SIDE.

AUSTIN AND BESS IN THE SLOTS.

4 WIDE WITH 3 RUNNING UNDER A 4.4.

THAT's WHAT I WANT.

SPEED. YOU CAN't COACH SPEEP.

OR THE DESIRE TO GET A TD ON EVERY PLAY WITH RUN AFTER THE CATCH YARDS.

HARTLINE.. LOL.. BYE

Dee Milliner to have shoulder surgery , torn laborum , does he slide to us at 12 , sounds quite tempting oh boy here we go

I think if he's there we jump on him and don't think twice

wow thats ugly rick. they better add 2 legit wrs to that group

Don't give me the R. Clark speculation either about how that didn't work out and they're friends and blah blah blah. What a pile of horse squeeze. The team is not cursed or flawed by Ireland.

It's a business and I don't see any connection Wallace might have to this team other than dollars. The only way this happens is if we out bid the other teams and I'm not even sure that happens. Did I mention I don't like the fit either? lol

BILLCALE:

I LIKE HARTLINE TOO.

JUST ON ANOTHER TEAM.

HE GETS TACKEL WAY TO EASY.

HE COULDN't BREAK A TACKLE FROM A PEE WEE PLAYER.

We will totally redu our receivers both during the signing period and the draft it will look something like this Wallace/Jennings , Bess , Hartline , HOPKINS , Mathews , Terrance Williams how does that look and add 2 new tight ends

lol yeah ok marc

Dudes we are entering a new era in dolphins football we will actually field a team with an offense

There is a kid from Texas named Goodwin that's outright flies 4'3 with great hands he should be a late 2nd rounder , Steadman Bailey is another maybe a 3rd , Harper from Kansas is another 3rd

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